Editorial ~ What we love to hate about the World Cup
Diary ~ Arsenal edged out by Barça; Liverpool lift the FA Cup; muddled messages about Rooney’s metatarsal; Watford back in the Premiership; Hereford end their exile
Shot! ~ Mixed feelings at the play-off semis
Sidelines ~ Theo Walcott, teenager of the year; UEFA review; Spurs scuppered by a virus; Joe Royle in Suffolk on sufferance
Boro Blocked ~ Middlesbrough’s traumatic UEFA Cup final defeat to Sevilla as viewed from a parched press centre
Conference Call ~ Two decades of automatic promotion to and relegation from the Football League’s fourth tier: two decades of thrilling survival, heart-rending failure and steps into a brave new full-time professional world
World Cup Countdown ~ Why Brazil’s star names are the cornerstone of Nike’s corporate marketing; how Sven is perceived in his homeland; the nation cowers under the onslaught of awful songs backing England
Shot! Archive ~ A scene from Highbury in its Seventies heyday, as Arsenal move on after 93 years
Football League Review ~ Observing the trends in the Championship and Leagues One and Two – not a vintage year, on the whole
As Good As It Got ~ The season QPR would have been champions, but for a slip-up at Carrow Road, Norwich, in April 1976
Letter from ~ Italy, where investigations into a complex network of corruption may see Juventus and other top clubs relegated and cast a shadow over the national team in Germany
Book Reviews ~ Famous wearers of the No 10 shirt; Martin Peters, the unheralded star of ’66; Bryan Robson tells his story; a personal journey through Italian football
A Season In Brief ~ France 1992-93, where Marseille are stripped of the title but win the first Champions League
Plus Webwatch, Letters